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Daily Paleo Art Month #9: Nipponites
This unusual ammonite came from the Late Cretaceous of Japan, between about 90-85 million years ago. I can’t find a specific size range for them, but most specimens seem to be around 5cm (2in) across.
Most ammonites had tightly coiled spiral shells, but some possessed partially uncoiled or irregular shapes. Nipponites was perhaps one of the strangest, with a highly meandering pattern and “ox-bow” bends. It was so weird that the first specimen was thought to be a deformed or diseased member of another species, and it wasn’t until more were discovered that it became apparent Nipponites was something else altogether.
Although it doesn’t look very hydrodynamic, and it may not have been a particularly strong swimmer, the shape of the shell does appear to be very stable — self-righting in turbulent water currents.
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Sale 2339 Lot 64
GEORGES DE FEURE (1868-1943) [SALON DES CENT / 5ME EXPOSITION.] 1894.
24x17 inches, 61x43 1/4 cm.
Condition B / B+: restored losses in corners and margins; restoration and repaired tears at edges, some affecting image.
Although born in the Netherlands, de Feure became a prominent figure within the Parisian Art Nouveau scene. He made his mark not only as an illustrator, painter and poster designer, but also as a designer of glass and furniture. De Feure’s image for the Salon des Cent is similar in composition to Eugene Grasset’s, both of which show a woman contemplating a flower. This is the version before text. DFP-II 345, Maitres 10, Salon des Cent 9, (all var), Wine Spectator 87.
Salon des Cent was a commercial art exhibition in Paris… The Salon sold color posters, prints and reproductions of artwork to the general public at reasonable prices. It was established in February 1894 by Léon Deschamps, founder of La Plume (“The Pen”) an avant garde literary and artistic magazine. It became known for its exhibitions showcasing the works of contemporary graphical artists. The salon held exhibitions until 1900. Many of the posters advertising Salon des Cent exhibitions have themselves become collectors’ items.
Roughly defined, the Quantum Queer Effect is the process by which, in terms of how they are viewed by outsiders, nonmonosexual individuals exist in an ambiguous state of “kinda queer, kinda not” until they are reduced to “gay” or “straight” by outside observers.
The idea of the quantum queer effect stems from the way that the identities of non-monosexual people (like bisexuals, pansexuals, asexuals, etc.) are often reduced to either “gay” or “straight” by others (usually depending on the gender of their current partner), and the way this affects who is considered “queer” and contributes to the erasure of nonmonosexual identities.
For instance, a bisexual or asexual person may be considered “actually queer” when dating someone of the same gender, yet derided for being “really just straight” if they happen to date someone of a different gender*. But by this logic, a single non-monosexual person then exists in a sort of “quantum queer” state where they are simultaneously both “queer” and “not-queer” (and by the same logic, both privileged and oppressed) at the same time.
To many people, “bisexuality” or “asexuality”, etc. is just too difficult of a concept for them to hold in their heads, so when they encounter it they just try to find ways to split people up into “gay” and “straight” (no matter how little sense that may make).
(The term quantum refers to the idea in quantum mechanics that at subatomic levels, a systems can exist in a “superposition” of multiple possible states, only to collapse into a single state when “observed “by an outside force - think schrodingers cat.**)
Examples of the quantum queer effect in action include:
- References to “straight” and “gay” marriage (bisexual people can get married too!)
- Describing same-gender couples as “gay couples” and different-gender couples as “straight couples” regardless of how each identifies
- Constructing arguments about how only “some” nonmonosexuals should be allowed in queer spaces.
- Claims that only nonmonosexuals who actively date same-gender partners can suffer oppression.
- Claims that nonmonosexual people having straight privilege.
- erasure of the identities of nonmonosexual people in long term relationships.
- erasure of the nonmonosexuality of historical figures and modern celebrities.
(* this is without even bringing polyamory into the equation)
(** science followers: please let me know if I got anything wrong here!)
(the inspiration for the concept comes from here: http://nextstepcake.tumblr.com/post/48578050636/next-step-cake-everytime-someone-says-a-variation-on)
Today’s post is in honor of qsaberkeley's nonmonosexuality panel. If you're in the area, you should check it out!)